Forty-two weeks after being released, The Greatest Showman soundtrack remains in the UK album charts, currently sitting at number three. No wonder, then, that some of the best-known artists of the moment are looking to cash-in on the film's momentum.
Variety reports that an all-star version of the soundtrack, titled The Greatest Showman - Reimagined, will be released on 16 November via Atlantic Records, featuring fresh takes on the film's biggest songs.
Artists who will feature on the record include Panic! at the Disco, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Years & Years, Missy Elliot, James Arthur and Zac Brown Band. There are also four bonus tracks, with Craig David, Kesha and Zendaya all performing new versions of the songs.
“Last January or February, when we were doing 100,000 albums a week in the U.S. and it was number one in most of the territories of the world, I had a light bulb moment,” said Kevin Weaver, president of Atlantic Records.
“We really realised we had something at the scale of what this was becoming, and we were quickly like, 'All right, do we want to do a deluxe version of the album for Mother’s Day? What would that look like? Do we want to take the original cast album and add a couple covers to it, or add some additional demos?' But it felt like it warranted something much more significant and robust.
"Then you had people like Pink and Selena Gomez and other artists who were on social media posting themselves dancing to and singing the songs. And that was part of kind of what went into my epiphany that we have something that’s not only connecting with the masses, but it’s connecting with artists.”
Weaver had previously released The Hamilton Mixtape, a re-recording of the Hamilton soundtrack by famous artists, and believes The Greatest Showman "deserves that treatment and same calibre of attention.”
Reimagined will not be the only Greatest Showman-related record being released later this year; there's also a two-disk "sing-along" edition of the soundtrack that will include karaoke versions of the album.
The Greatest Showman — Reimagined track list:
1. The Greatest Show – Panic! at the Disco
2. A Million Dreams – Pink
3. A Million Dreams (Reprise) – Willow Sage Hart
4. Come Alive – Years & Years and Jess Glynne
5. The Other Side – MAX and Ty Dolla $ign
6. Never Enough – Kelly Clarkson
7. This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix) – Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott
8. Rewrite The Stars – James Arthur and Anne-Marie
9. Tightrope – Sara Bareilles
10. From Now On – Zac Brown Band
11. The Greatest Show – Pentatonix
12. Come Alive – Craig David
13. This Is Me – Kesha
14. Rewrite The Stars (Acoustic) – Zendaya